In celebration of the recent launch of the EE Times PCB Designline and EDN PCB Design Center communities, those who don the undergarments of authority and stride the corridors of power have dubbed the 50-minute Fundamentals of PCB Design a featured training course.
As TechOnline says on its website:
This introductory overview of printed-circuit design treats the main difficulties you will likely meet when planning, designing, and manufacturing printed circuit boards for digital applications. From this lecture you will take away many nuggets of wisdom concerning manufacturing technology, signal integrity, EMI, power quality, thermal analysis, and project management.
I cannot tell you how many people I've guided to this course who have emailed me afterward saying, "Wow, that was great."
There are a lot of courses online, and some are better than others. This particular course attracts a lot of praise, as you can see in the TechOnline comments. A typical comment reads:
I watched this presentation last week -- I wanted to come back to say that it was one of the finest concise technical presentations I've seen (and I've seen a few!). You delivered the main and most interesting aspects, your supporting slides were clear and judiciously selected, and your delivery was pretty much perfect, managing to keep a sense of humour while emphasising key points. Excellent, well done.
High praise, indeed. We should all hope to get such feedback. This course is presented by Dr. Howard Johnson, who authored High-Speed Digital Design: a Handbook of Black Magic. Quite apart from anything else, he helped pioneer many of the products we use every day, like voicemail (ROLM), Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE 802.3u-z chief technical editor).
If you want to learn about the fundamentals of PCB design and you've not seen this course, then you are missing out. It's free; what are you waiting for?
--Clive "Max" Maxfield: Editor of all things fun and interesting